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Recruitment scheme helps hundreds into careers in social care

October 10, 2019

A local personal matching service between applicants and employers has been nominated for a national award after supporting hundreds of people into a career in social care.

The In2Care Kirklees initiative, established in 2017, aims to attract more people to work in social care and has been shortlisted for a Guardian Public Sector Award in the recruitment and HR category

Care providers struggle to recruit, causing major issues on their ability to provide services. This leads to a high volume of people waiting for services and delays in hospital discharges. Many potentially excellent care workers are taking up careers in other industries.

In2Care Kirklees pulls together an applicant’s skills and personal qualities and circulates their details to potential employers. This removes the barriers of traditional application processes and means people aren’t applying for roles which are not right for them.

The In2Care team also works alongside local employment schemes to help people requiring additional support. This includes supporting harder to reach groups and giving them opportunities to receive training, job shadowing and support to find employment.

In2Care has also engaged with Kirklees care employers to establish a ‘one stop shop’ advertisement space on Facebook for current job opportunities. The team also builds relationships with care providers to challenge poor practice, identify missed opportunities and inspire change.

Since 2017 the scheme has had a huge impact and has supported more than 530 local people into local social care jobs – including 190 in domiciliary care, 178 in residential care and 67 personal assistants. Forty three per cent of applicants appointed were previously not in work and 39% were new to the industry.

Cllr Mus Khan, cabinet member for social care at Kirklees, said more people were needed to take up a career in social care.

“What the In2Care scheme has done so brilliantly is reach out to people who would make great carers but need more flexibility because of their family or home life,” said Cllr Khan.

“For example, hours or days they can work, specific shift patterns, non-drivers, and unsociable hours. They also offer people the extra support they might need to get their foot in the door.

“Jobs as important as these need to be made more flexible so everyone has an equal opportunity to apply and our vulnerable people aren’t missing out on potentially excellent carers.”

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